COMMISSIONER LEHMAN:  Thank you very much, Mr.
       Armitage.  If there are no questions, then I would like to
       call Paul Wolstenholme.
 
       MR. WOLSTENHOLME:  Thank you.  My name is Paul
       Wolstenholme.  I live at 630 Dushane Drive in Bellefontaine,
       Ohio.
 
       I am here on my own behalf, and I am an
       independent inventor.  My day job is as an insurance agent,
       and my advocation is invention and innovation.
 
       The purpose of my testimony is to ask that, when
       you implement the new 20-year term, that you keep in mind
       and in the rules the needs of the independent inventors,
       such as myself.  Of limited means and oftentimes, we file
       patent applications pro se.
 
       We are a disorganized group.  I think, by
       definition, the independent inventor is disorganized.  I
       belong to the Central Ohio Inventors' Network, and we are so
       disorganized I can't even organize a card game among that
       group.
 
       [Laughter.]
 
       So that is why there is not many of us here, and
       that is why we are not organized to have a spokesman, so I
       have more or less taken it upon myself, for my group, the
       Central Ohio Inventors' Network.
 
       I know what individuals think about the issues of
       harmonization.  They think it is a phony issue and one that
       is being used by large corporations in other nations to get
       rule changes that will eliminate the small inventor from
       getting a piece of the pie.
 
       Large corporations hate being told that they
       cannot use advancements until they get permission from
       somebody like me.  I hold two U.S. patents and one Canadian
       patent on a highly successful, low-cost grain storage
       system.
 
       I agree that if you stand back and take a broader
       view of the patent system, you can see that there may be an
       isolated cancer in the system.  Namely, the submarine patent
       and the road block patent.
 
       I had the opportunity yesterday to briefly talk
       with a senior examiner who had handled several of the
       limousine patents, which many say fall into this category. 
       In his view, we don't need to change our laws, but we need
       smarter and better examiners.
 
       I think that the PTO should focus like a laser
       beam on the problem and perform laser micro-surgery so that
       the rest of the system remains untouched.  It seems that the
       device being used today in a sawed-off shotgun.  Bam! 
       Seventeen-year term.  Bam! Confidential applications.  Bam!
       First to invent.
 
       I fear that before long the PTO building will look
       like the government buildings in Bosnia and Chechnya.
 
       As we speak, the individual American inventor is
       going over your heads to their members of Congress. 
       Generally, they find their congressmen to be both
       sympathetic and responsive.
 
       I wrote to my representative, David Hobson and
       asked him to vote for Congressman Rohrabacher's House bill,
       359.  Last week, I received his response.  He said he will
       not only vote for it, but he will also cosponsor it.      At
       last count, there were over 124 cosponsors in the House of
       Representatives for the bill.
 
       I don't think the Congress wants to micro manage
       the PTO, but I also don't think that they want to see the
       individual inventor disappear.  Thank you.
 
       COMMISSIONER LEHMAN:  Thank you very much, Mr.
       Wolstenholme.